My First Camera, Nikon D5100 (with kit lens)

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

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6th of November 2011, After around 4 months working in Hong Kong, finally I decided to buy a camera, a DSLR camera. Actually I had been thinking to own one since in my university time (bachelor degree) but due to this circumstance : the fact that DSLR camera was kind of expensive and I could not save enough money from my monthly allowance that my parents sent to me (of course my parents wouldn't give me money to buy expensive things like that), I had never bought one. Luckily (let's just said I was lucky), in 2011 I got a job in Hong Kong, that, I can say now, the salary was much better compared to the salary that I would get in Indonesia, and because of that, I could afford to buy a DSLR camera, it was Nikon D5100 with kit lens AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR.

The first trip (13th November 2011) that I took after buying  D5100 was going to The Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha). It was located in Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. There were 3 ways to go there, the first was using Ngong Ping Cable Car from MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, the second one was by taking New Lantao Bus 23 from MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and the last one was using ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, then take New Lantao Bus 2. I took the first one.

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From all the photos that I took in Big Buddha, I think this was the only decent one. Back then, all the time I was only using the automatic mode, I still didn't understand at all about manual mode.

At the same month in November 2011, I also went back to Indonesia for Holiday (10 days). I took a lot of pictures in Indonesia but only a few that made me satisfied.
The Watch Tower

Sulawesi Selatan/Makassar

I used my D5100 only like pocket camera. Just shooting around without minding the composition and for the exposure, I left it all to the auto mode. I tried to understand how was this "exposure thingy" working, but I could not get my brain to understand it.

Another photos that I took in Central, Hong Kong. 
building cityscape blackandwhite monochrome road city architecture hongkong nikon nikonimages nikkor outdoor street alleyThe Old BuildingThe Monk's Journey

Photos from my trip to Saikung, Hong Kong

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After around 1 year using this camera, I never set my camera to save the captured pictures as RAW files, since I didn't know before what RAW file was, and you can say 99% of all the times, I shot with this camera using automatic mode. If I think about it now, I should just buy D3100 because the price was cheaper and it's good enough for learning photography.


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